Rebecca Ropers-Huilman began her work as Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs in January of 2016. In this role, she is primarily responsible for promotion and tenure processes, faculty and academic leadership development, new faculty orientation, faculty recognition and reviews, and supporting and maximizing the potential of faculty in their scholarly contributions especially as aligned with the strategic plan. Additionally, she is broadly and collaboratively responsible for promoting an environment in which a diverse faculty are recruited and supported as they enrich the ability of the University to fulfill its mission.
Ropers-Huilman brings to this role experience as a faculty member studying equity and change in higher education for twenty years, leading the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Louisiana State University and of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota, directing a Women’s Center, and editing the international journal Feminist Formations. Additionally, she served in faculty governance, including as chair of the faculty governance executive body at the University from 2014-15. In spring of 2014, she was Fulbright-Klagenfurt Visiting Professor in Higher Education Research in Vienna, studying how gender mainstreaming policy was enacted or resisted in Austrian universities and throughout the European Higher Education Area. She has published four books and more than 50 scholarly works related to equity, diversity, and change in higher education and has advised 40 doctoral students to completion. Drawing on her scholarship and professional experience, Ropers-Huilman grounds her scholarship and leadership in an understanding of the social role of higher education in creating inclusive and engaged communities.